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Clinging to Our Primeval Past

Posted in Human Rights, Insanity, Modern World with tags , , , on 05/07/2010 by floroy1942

How far has 21st Century man progressed from his primeval past?

Christians to the Lions

We believe we are more sophisticated, more humane than our descendants from e.g. Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages. True, we don’t throw christians to the lions any more and we certainly don’t burn witches at the stake, but there is still a primeval side of our personality that craves to be satisfied, even today.

I just watched a very old Peter Ustinov film called ‘Quo Vadis’ which graphically shows the blood-lust of ordinary people who cheered when christians were torn apart by lions. Anyone who has studied the Roman Empire will confirm that these barbarities, and some far worse, were perpetrated in the arena during that era to satisfy the baying crowds who wanted to see blood, and lots of it.

A ‘Witches’ End

This is not the only example in Man’s history of brutality to please the masses, and the phenomenon exists throughout the world. During the Middle Ages people were torn apart by horses, the so-called ‘Quartering’, and later in Europe and America, unfortunates who were labelled witches were burnt at the stake, and let us not forget the cheers of the crowd as some nobleman and his family were publicly guillotined during the French Revolution.

The horrors of torture meted out in dungeons during the Spanish Inquisition, while not done to satisfy the bloodlust of a crowd, were still done by humans to fellow humans.

Hitler’s Legacy

Even in the last century Stalin is estimated to have killed 20 million Russians during his purges, and of course Adolf Hitler and his henchmen will go down in history as the architect of the mass slaughter of 6 million Jews in the concentration camps, and millions of Russians.

These are events in our history that most would rather forget, or indeed, have forgotten.

But what about today?

What about the news reporters who will do anything to get a video shot of bloodstains on a pavement at a murder scene, or mutilated bodies during a disaster. The morbid spectators who stand for hours when a murder has been committed, waiting for the moment when the corpses are carried out? I have personally seen people taking photo’s on their mobile at an accident when a bloody, torn body is released from the wreckage, and no; I was not a spectator.

You can see photo’s and video’s on YouTube of bloody events! Someone even e-mailed me a series of photographs of a man who had been literally cut in half when his Smart car buried itself under the rear of a truck. The photo’s were quite explicit and showed the parts of the body after removal from the vehicle by the fire department.

Dr. Death and his exhibit

In 2008 Dr. Gunther von Hagens exhibited real corpses from all ages with the skin removed to show the muscle structure and many internal organs underneath. This macabre exhibition was visited by thousands.

For your Enjoyment?

At this moment in time, a German artist, Gregor Schneider is planning an exhibition of people dying. Visitors will be allowed to witness the final moments of people who are about to die, and has asked for volunteers for this morbid exhibition.

The sad thing is, he calls it art!

Personally, I find the whole idea distasteful, horrifying and degrading, but you have to ask, how far will some people go to satisfy the morbid curiosity of sick people? It is certain the exhibition will be a success if it takes place, for there are more than enough perverted individuals in our society who will want to watch the final moments of dying people.

The bloodlust of today’s people may be less blatant than it was two centuries ago, but it is still there, shown in the morbid, disgusting interest in watching someone else’s blood spilled. So you see, we haven’t improved much over the years, we are just less open about it.

It is an inherent part of our psyche, and though some people are more successful at suppressing it than others, it will always be a part of us.

May God help us all.

Roy.


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